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From OHIO’s new president to the first Bobcat to go to space, it’s all in Ohio Today’s fall issue

Published: October 20, 2021 Author: Staff reports

"There is strength in what we can do together.” – President Hugh Sherman

As Ohio University kicks off another academic year, the word “together” has never meant more. Our community has been reunited physically. Our campuses are once again filled with activity and festivities. And our mission has grown stronger as we join together in purpose and partnerships – and under new leadership. 

The fall 2021 issue of Ohio Today spotlights just a few of the ways Ohio University is uniting in the way it operates, innovates and partners to the benefit of students, communities and beyond. From the One OHIO strategic initiative and the new student-led Vibrancy Theater to the role alumni are playing in helping to recruit future Bobcats, there is strength in what we can do together.

The digital issue of Ohio Today magazine is available at ohiotoday.org, and the print publication will be arriving in mailboxes and on campuses soon. Some highlights of the fall issue include:

  • Called back into service — Retired College of Business Dean Hugh Sherman takes the helm as OHIO’s 22nd President, bringing with him a 26-year legacy of service to Ohio University and five priorities for the next two years. 
  • From sea to space — A 1972 alumnus is poised to make world history and become the first OHIO graduate to boldly go where no Bobcat has gone before.
  • OHIO in space — As you look to the sky, there, too, is Ohio University—seen in the myriad space research and exploration contributions of alumni, faculty and students. Explore an infographic celebrating just a few out-of-this-world Bobcats and OHIO’s legacy beyond Earth.
  • OHIO Unified — As Ohio University celebrates the 75th anniversary of its first regional campuses, the One OHIO strategic initiative is ushering in a modern-day approach to collaboration, curricular innovation and workforce development. Read about how OHIO is, for the first time in its history, operating as a unified university system. Take a look at the history of the University’s expanding presence in the Bobcat State and beyond. And hear from an alumna who found success—and earned three degrees while working full time—through a college experience that traversed OHIO’s regional campuses and online programs.
  • In their element — OHIO students and faculty are building chemistry in a new Chemistry Building. Read about this new center for groundbreaking learning and research and take a 360-degree look at the building’s labs and instrumentation. 
  • Stage set — Ohio University’s new BIPOC student-led campus theater takes root—and prepares for its first production.
  • Time Machine: 25 years of the Ping Center — Ohio University’s Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center debuted in January 1996, fulfilling the vision of an OHIO president and the student body and marking a new beginning for student recreation and wellness.
  • In word and deed — Alumni volunteers lend their voices and a personal touch to help recruit the students following in their footsteps.
  • Laying a new foundation for an OHIO education — After 40-plus years, Ohio University’s general education system shifts from “tiers” to “bricks.”
  • In this moment — The drive toward a more diverse and inclusive Bobcat community now has a University-wide roadmap.
  • Practical civility — For 10-plus years OHIO’s George Washington Forum has provided students a space for civic education, civil debate and a diversity of viewpoints. A more than $1.6 million gift from the Menard Family has brought the Forum a new name, a new professorship and an expanded focus and programming. 
  • Last word — In a Q&A, Dr. Mario Grijalva, an OHIO graduate and professor of microbiology, talks about a building a career, a research center and a coalition dedicated to preventing infectious disease—and his childhood dream of becoming a superhero scientist.
  • Bobcats in the wild — A forthcoming guidebook from the Ohio University Press takes a closer look at the real cat behind OHIO’s mascot.

To read these stories and more, click here. Scroll to “Archives” at the bottom of the Ohio Today homepage to flip through a digital version of the magazine. 

Ohio Today is Ohio University’s alumni magazine and is a publication of The Ohio University Foundation. For additional information about Ohio Today or to provide feedback, email ohiotoday@ohio.edu.